Changing your wireless network name (SSID)

It's easy to change your wireless network's name, and it's also a good thing to do. Be sure to choose a name that's helpful to you, but not tempting to criminals.

How to change your network name

To change your wireless network's name, simply find your modem's brand/model number and then submit it in the search form above for step-by-step instructions.

Find your modem's brand and model number.

You'll probably find this information on a sticker on the bottom of the modem or imprinted on the front of the device near the lights. (If there's no sticker or brand information on your modem, you can still find the information.)

Or visit our modem support page.

Once you're on the modem page, find your modem's brand name and click on your model number. The instructions for what to do next vary somewhat, but for most models, you'll click on Wireless Setup and then click SSID: Change Name. From there, you simply follow the instructions.

Tips for choosing a new name

In techno speak, if you change your wireless network's name, you change its "service set identifier" or SSID. SSIDs are used to identify networks and are made up of a maximum of 32 letters and/or numbers.

Devices come pre-configured with generic SSIDs. Using a default name makes it easier for people who are up to no good to hack your network.

People usually want to change their network name because they want something that sounds cool and/or is memorable. Those are good reasons, and we totally get it. However, a less popular (but more powerful) reason for changing your network's name is ... security. With cybercrime and identity theft on the rise, it's good practice to be particularly vigilant when it comes to protecting your private info.

Public places like coffee shops create names for their networks that are obvious and easy to find when customers search for them (Anne Marie's Coffee House). They want their networks to be found. You do not. You want to fly under the radar and go unnoticed.

Improve your network security by:

  • Not using personally meaningful info (address, birthday) as part of your network name.
  • Keeping your network name boring so people won't be tempted to try to access it.
  • Picking a network name and password that are a mix of letters and numbers.
  • Changing your network name and password every few months.

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